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    This years site build is progressing well ready for next week
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    Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    She would be a very 'worthy' Park, JP or West Holts headliner. It would be ace
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    Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    Went last week and thought St Vincent was ace on the hour long show, especially the collab with Kamasi
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    1.3 million - does Michael Eavis know something we don't know ?

    There is truth to that, although I don't think likelihood is as high as 99% for us lot, maybe 85% for the people who know what to expect compared with 50% for those who do not? There is a lot to be said for how prepared you are and how hard you try. I have loads of browser sessions open, using multiple devices, the wife trying as well, card details already written down, familiarity with what the screens will look like when you get through, hammering F5 continuously. My chances must be a lot better than others not as familiar or as prepared for the carnage that is T-day Someone I go with tries at the same time, but has never got through, I have always been the one to get the tickets. I suspect I am just trying harder than he is on T day
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    1.3 million - does Michael Eavis know something we don't know ?

    I think the festival is much more popular than it was in 2008 2008 was preceded by a quagmire which I am sure put a lot of people off Also , the festival really upped their game in 2007/2008 by introducing the Park and then in 2008 developing the SW corner with Shangri La and Arcadia. That introduced a whole new crowd to the festival
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    1.3 million - does Michael Eavis know something we don't know ?

    As mentioned above I guess the 1.3 million refers to the number of registrations. I am not sure how many of those would be multiple registrations or inactive registrations, for people who go (or don't go) one year and then don't try again. I cant remember if/when registrations lapse any more, I didnt think they lapsed any more? Divide 1.3 million by 138000 and it would indicate 1 in 9 chance, if all 1.3 million were actively trying for tickets each year. I dont believe there is a 1 in 7 chance of getting a ticket. I feel its a lot better than that (1 in 2 or better?) having been lucky enough to bag a ticket every year for the last 10 Glastos. The chance of me doing that every year at odds of 1 in 7 would be 300 million to 1 ! I need to be buying lottery tickets if that was the case. I do try bloody hard each year to bag them though
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    Nick Cave

    Oh yeah, 2012 was the fallow year. D'oh
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    Nick Cave

    I cant see Nick Cave headlining Glastonbury, I don't think I ever want him to. The Pyramid headline slots are for the TV crowd and the people there to watch a Glastonbury headliner. The crowd would leave in droves. I would much rather see them on the other where the crowd really makes a choice to be there, rather that at the Pyramid. Take Portishead in 2012, it would never had the same impact on the Pyramid. Everybody in that crowd wanted to be there and it made for an utterly intense and personal experience, the best I have ever experienced at Glastonbury. It simply would have had the same impact at The Pyramid because so many punters are there to watch the headliner whoever it is. They just wouldn't get it, and would be moaning/talking amongst themselves and kill the atmosphere which Cave generates Their sub set on the Pyramid in 2012 was ace though, brilliant, I will never forget the faces on the Mumford lot during Stagger Lee, they really didn't know what had hit them. Rabbits in headlights 2012 was great year for me at Glastonbury, and I didn't even mention the Stones!
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    Blue Dot Festival

    The Arboretum and the Roots stage are both outside the arena and are really nice areas to take picnics and chill with a beer. As mentioned the camp sites are not too far away so you can always pop back to your tent and eat. We always do this just to have a chill for an hour before returning to the arena late afternoon. Also really nice places to go after the main stage has finished, a very nice place
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    Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    I went last week when the Manics were on and had an ace time, really enjoyed all the acts they had on that week. A mate who won tickets tickets invited me, I have never had any joy getting tickets having applied for many years. But now I have managed to bag tickets myself for 5th June so will be going again! Happy days I didn't get Bjork at all this week, I use to love her slightly more 'mainstream' stuff from a few years back, but Tuesday's performance was just odd for odds sake in my opinion
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    Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    Thanks for the replies, the tickets say gig starts at 8 so wondered what the latest time it would be safe to arrive and still get in, is 7 too late? None of the acts excite me particularly, i have always just wanted to go and see how it all works having watched it on the box for so many years. The line up is on the later with Jools bbc site as well now
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    Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    Hi all, a mate has managed to bag a couple of tickets for next Tuesdays Later with Jools show. Only problem is I have a funeral that afternoon and will be coming from Norfolk so have a fair drive to get to Maidstone Anyone know what (the latest) time you need to get there to still get in? I know they release more than the capacity due to expected no showers so youre not guaranteed to get in if more people turn up than they expect - they advise to get there early. Any idea what time you can still get in? Ta!
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    Sad times

    Absolutely agree with this. V never seemed too sure who their market was, and ended up going from an Indie festival to a pure pop festival in my opinion. That results in a lot lower retention of punters than other festivals, especially as V seemed to be totally about the music offering. Punters who like the latest pop acts grow out of them pretty quickly so are unlikely to come back Also the festival didn't seem to develop, it is all about the music. Other festivals have been created, and existing festivals have developed their offering, whether that be with comedy and literature (e.g. Latitude), different themes (e.g. science at Bluedot), the numerous retro festivals which have sprung up in he past few years, or other experiences beyond music (e.g. Arcadia) V would always get the popsters of the day or the lads out on a bender, but offered little else and that's why I think it needed a massive revamp. There became an increasing paradox in their targeting. On one hand getting the latest pop band in, fighting against the punter looking to get hammered with their mates. There didn't seem a lot else to their offering Hopefully it will work, there's still a market there, but they do need to think about the USP to get the punters back in year after year. its not about selling to a new customer, its about selling to the same customer next year, and the year after. That's the key. I personally think targeting families is the future, kids generally love camping. music and festivals, and any festival which targets them specifically is likely to do well as long as they don't forget that audience, they all need to develop year on year, and provide other entertainment other than music
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    Family friendly festivals

    +1 for Bluedot, it was ace again this year, my kids absolutely loved it. Unfortunately not able to go next year due to it being in term time and the wife teaching next year (gutted). I couldn't recommend it highly enough for families, especially the education/science/space/comedy side of things which most kids would really enjoy. Very family friendly, both the punters and the staff, a really nice vibe again this year. Toilets were much improved over last year, camping areas were great with loads of space. Site quite small as well which helps with kids